Griffith College soccer team played their semi-finals today. Photo by Anne Melsom Bjerke

Griffith College soccer team played their semi-finals today. Photo by Anne Melsom Bjerke

Griffith Soccer Team lost against Carlow IT after playing their semi-finals at Iveagh Grouds Crumlin today

Iveagh Grounds was cleared for the semi-finals between Griffith College and Carlow IT at 2 p.m. today.

Griffith fought hard and managed to turn 1-3 in the first period to 3-3 in the second period. However Carlow IT will go on to play the finals in the League.

The match went on overtime and during penalties Griffith did not manage to score any goals, and Carlow could appoint themselves as finalists with three out of three goals after extra innings.

Coach Paul Walsh told his players before kick off that it would be a thought match and that they would have to play very well to be able to beat Carlow. Still he had to admit that loosing during penalties was not a good feeling.

–  Penalties are a horrible way to go out. Looking at the results however, the players did very well. At the end of the second period it was a tie, and Griffith managed to score two goals in the second period.

Coach Walsh also points out that he thinks the players should be proud to have reached the semi-finals.

–  The last time Griffith College were in the semi-finals was in 2002. We have to be proud to have come this far, he says.

 

Griffith put up a good fight in today´s maych against Carlow IT. Photo by Anne Melsom Bjerke

Griffith put up a good fight in today´s maych against Carlow IT. Photo by Anne Melsom Bjerke

First period
After only five minutes Carlow´s player number nine David Walsh scores the first goal in the match.

Ten minutes later Griffith College player number 13, Luke Hogan equalizes and the score is 1-1.

Then Carlow picks up the speed and manage to score two more goals before the break. The second goal came from player number one David Cummings and their third goal came from player number ten Aaron Broaders.

Second period
Griffith plays very well during the second period, and it does not take many minutes for the first goal to be scored, this time by player number nine, Nigel Kennedy (credit amanda). The score is now 2-3 to Griffith.

With little over five minutes remaining in the second period Griffith’s player number four, Sam Thomas scores and equalizes once again.

The players go to break with the score 3-3.

The two extra innings serves both teams several changes to equalize, but the score still remains 3-3.

Penalties
Griffith’s player number nine, Nigel Kennedy misses and the ball goes over the bar.

Player number ten from Carlow, Aaron Broaders gets the ball in the net and the score is 0-1.

Griffith´s captain and player number two, Stephen Donnery misses.

Carlow’s player number three Micky Pilblow scores. The score is now 0-2 to Carlow.

Griffith’s player number 13, Luke Hogan misses.

Carlow’s player number six, Devon Germaine scores and Carlow IT have won the match.

You´ll find more information about the league, teams and players here.